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Nine Faculty Promoted by Board of Trustees

Nine faculty members were granted tenure by the Hobart and William Smith Colleges Board of Trustees at their recent meeting. Of these, eight were also advanced to the rank of associate professor; one currently is a full professor.

Those advancing to associate professor include Lara Blanchard of art, Melanie Conroy-Goldman of English, Tara Curtin of geoscience, Kanate Dahouda of French and Francophone studies, Mark Deutschlander of biology, DeWayne Lucas of political science, Jim MaKinster of education, and Michael Tinkler of art. Lester Friedman, professor of Media and Society, was granted tenure as well.

Blanchard received her Ph.D. and master’s degree from the University of Michigan and her bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary. Prior to joining the HWS faculty in 2001, Blanchard held a research fellowship at the Freer Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and served as an instructor at the University of Michigan. She works on Chinese paintings of the Song dynasty (960-1279), the pictorial construction of gender, text-image relationships, and Chinese theories of representation. Her publications include “Lonely Women and the Absent Man: The Masculine Landscape as Metaphor in the Song Dynasty Painting of Women,” in the collection Gendered Landscapes: An Interdisciplinary Exploration of Past Place and Space, and “A Scholar in the Company of Female Entertainers: Changing Notions of Integrity in Song to Ming Dynasty Painting, in the journal Nan Nü: Men, Women and Gender in China.

Conroy-Goldman joined the HWS faculty in 2002 after receiving her master’s degree from the University of Oregon and her bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Columbia University. She has worked as a fiction editor, a literary agent, a play reader, and an assistant for a production company. Immediately following her undergraduate endeavors, Conroy-Goldman taught 1st and 4th grades through Teach for America, and later taught at Gettysburg College and Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. Her writing has appeared in literary journals and anthologies including The Southern Review, StoryQuarterly and The Laurel Review.

Curtin received her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University. Her teaching and research interests lie in the areas of sedimentology, geochemistry and global climate change over a wide range of timescales. Her dissertation research focused on the interpretation of how a 200-million-year-old monsoon system developed and then broke down using time-equivalent lake deposits and soils. More recently, she and her research students have investigated the climate signals preserved in the mud of the Finger Lakes to reconstruct the timing and magnitude of lake level fluctuations and storms that occurred over the past 12,000 years.

Dahouda holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literatures from the Université Laval in Québec, Canada, and a master’s degree from the Université Nationale de Côte d’Ivoire. He is the author of “Aimé Césaire, Paul Chamberland et le pays natal” and “Figures de l’exil dans les littératures Francophones.” He has co-authored and contributed to numerous publications, and has published book reviews and articles in major international academic reviews dealing with Francophone literatures and cultures. Dahouda joined the HWS faculty in 2001, and his research deals with the dynamics of identity, memory, and violence in contemporary Francophone fictions from Quebec, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Deutschlander received his Ph.D. from Indiana University and his bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, where he graduated summa cum laude. With a particular interest in animal migration and sensory biology, Deutschlander’s scientific endeavors have provided him with the opportunity to interact with a great variety of animals and have led him all over the world to places such as Australia, British Columbia, Mexico, and Trinidad and Tobago. He currently serves as the President for the Braddock Bay Bird Observatory near Rochester, N.Y., where he conducts most of his research on orientation and navigation in migratory songbirds. Before coming to HWS, Deutschlander was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Victoria, after which he was on the faculty at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Friedman received both his Ph.D. and master’s degree from Syracuse University and his bachelor’s degree from Alfred University. He is the author of “Citizen Spielberg” and “American Cinema of the 1970s,” and editor of “Fires Were Started” and “Cultural Sutures: Medicine and Media.” His previous teaching experience includes Syracuse University, Upstate Medical Center and Northwestern University.

Lucas received his Ph.D. and master’s degree at Binghamton University, and his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Lucas recently served as an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, where he worked for Rep. Charles B. Rangel, D-NY-15 of Manhattan, covering military, voting rights and environmental issues. Lucas’ recent publications include a chapter “Same-Sex Marriage in the 2004 Election” in Rimmerman & Wilcox’s “The Politics of Same-Sex Marriage” and a collaborative piece titled “The Ideology of Moderate Republicans in the House.” He is currently examining the role of various ideological groups within the Republican and Democratic Parties of the House of Representatives.

MaKinster received his Ph.D. from Indiana University, his master’s degree from the University of Louisiana, and his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. His recent publications include collaborative articles titled “The Effects of Global Education on Third Graders’ Cultural Sensitivity: Understanding The Japan BRIDGE Project,” “Creating Career Paths for Geospatial Technology Professionals,” and “The Effect of Social Context on the Reflective Practice of Pre-Service Science Teachers: Incorporating a Web-Supported Community of Teachers,” which have appeared in various research journals. He is currently the director of the Finger Lakes GIT Ahead Project and the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute.

Tinkler holds a Ph.D. from Emory University and a bachelor’s degree from Rice University. His research interests range from medieval art and architecture to 19th century reuse of medieval style buildings in Upstate New York. He is currently working on several medieval studies and pedagogical projects and is pursuing several collaborative efforts in teaching the art and architecture of Islam. His forthcoming article “Teaching the Thirteenth Century through Theater and Sculpture: the Theophilus Legend discusses studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, drawing on his scholarly interest in medieval humor and his team-teaching experience with Assistant Professor of English Laurence Erussard.